Head coach Mike Mularkey said Monday that Murray's sore toe improved during the Titans' bye week, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com reports. Murray's toe injury did not prevent him from playing in the Titans' last game in Week 12, but it may have played a role in him totaling just 43 yards in 17 carries in the contest. Murray is presumably healthier now after a week off, and Mularkey indicated he will continue seeing the bulk of the work in the Titans' backfield despite the recent success of rookie running back Derrick Henry.
Murray rushed 17 times for 43 yards, and hauled in all five of his targets for 41 more in Sunday's 27-21 win over the Bears, Murray was outplayed on the ground by backup Derrick Henry, who managed 60 yards and a touchdown on his eight carries. The 28-year-old veteran's 43 rushing yards were just one better than his Week 1 season low, but he once again salvaged a respectable all-around game by being effective as a receiver out of the backfield. While there's no doubt Murray's 229 carries through 12 weeks have started to take a toll on his body, he'll get a much-needed chance to rest up with the Titans on bye in Week 13.
Murray (foot/toe) practiced fully Thursday. Murray was held out of practice Wednesday presumably for maintenance reasons, but his return to a full session Thursday confirms the availability of the Titans' No. 1 running back for Sunday's contest against the Bears.
Murray (toe) returned to practice Thursday, Jim Wyatt of titansonline.com reports. We'll circle back later Thursday to see how the Titans classify Murray's level of participation, but his return to practice, in any capacity, bodes well for his availability for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Murray (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Murray sat out practice the last two Wednesdays before returning to full sessions Thursday and being removed from the Titans' injury report Friday. With no setbacks reported with his foot/toe issue, expect that pattern to be repeated this week in advance of Sunday's game against the Bears.
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